Podcast | Covering the Trump White House

The relationship between the president and the press has always been somewhat contentious, but never like this.

White House panel

The panelists share war stories from presidential administrations past and present, but mostly present. (Photos by Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

The life of a White House correspondent has changed dramatically in the past few years. From early-morning tweets to alternative facts to the outright vilification of the news media, President Donald Trump has upended the conventions of Washington, and that’s presented new challenges for journalists whose job it is to make sense of it all. For this episode of Crosscut Talks, we listen in on a panel of correspondents and columnists who have covered the White House and who have some thoughts on just how much things have changed and what it now takes to get at the truth. Featuring Associated Press reporter Darlene Superville, National Review columnist John Fund, and both Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post. Adam Levine, founder and CEO of Words Matter Media, moderated the conversation.

Note: Technical difficulties during the recording of this episode resulted in uneven audio quality.


White House Correspondents
John Fund, left, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker listen as Adam Levine sets up the next question.


Darlene Superville
Darlene Superville talks about journalist solidarity in the briefing room: "President Trump has helped us in some ways band together ... and realize we are all in this together."



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